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tail

noun [C] uk   /teɪl/ us  

tail noun [C] (ANIMAL)

B2 a part of an animal's body, sticking out from the base of the back, or something similar in shape or position: The dog wagged its tail excitedly.Miscellaneous animal body parts

tail noun [C] (PERSON FOLLOWING)

informal someone who follows another person to discover where that person goes, what they do, etc.Spying and espionage

tail noun [C] (COIN SIDE)

tails [U] the side of a coin that does not have a picture of someone's head on it
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Forms of money and methods of payment

tail noun [C] (JACKET)

tails [plural] a tailcoatCoats, jackets and cloaks

tail noun [C] (GRAMMAR)

specialized language a phrase that is placed at the end of what a sentence and refers to something mentioned in the sentence
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tail

verb [T] uk   /teɪl/ us  
to follow and watch someone very closely, especially in order to get information secretly: That car has been tailing me for the last ten minutes.Pursuing
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